Manchester church helps send supplies to Haiti
MANCHESTER - Hurricane Matthew leaves thousands homeless in Haiti, but one church in New Hampshire is reaching out to the community to send help.
The first Haitian Baptist Church at 439 Merrimack street is collecting items to send to Haiti. This isn't the first time the Haitian Church is helping their friends and family back home.
"In 2010 when the earthquake hit Haiti, we had to do the same thing" said Samson Duclair, President Haitian Community Center of NH.
The category four hurricane hit Haiti Tuesday night killing close to 900 people as the death toll continues to rise. The devastation left behind shows massive flooding, trees uprooted, and homes completely destroyed.
"We know right now they have nothing. We have some people called us and told us that 98% of the buildings in one town is gone" said Duclair.
The out-pour from the community has been huge.
"We knew that they were taking donations today so, we figured it had to done, this is a good time to do it" said Chris Denis of Bow.
People from all across the state have been dropping off bags filled with clothes, food, and blankets. Along with these items, the church is also doing something called operation drum drop.
"We drop this drum at any place, churches or organizations...you can put every item that we have on that list right here and then when we drop it you fill it, we pick it and we ship it to a random family in Haiti" said Duclair.
It takes about a month for the drums to get to the families and each on costs $150 to send. The church is asking for money to help with the relief right now and to help ship the drums over-seas.
The First Haitian Baptist church is still looking for donations of food and hand sanitizer. If you would like to help click the link.